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Hosted by SI senior writer Lee Jenkins, SI’s Open Floor podcast features guest appearances from some of the biggest names in the NBA.

Hosted by SI senior writer Lee Jenkins, SI’s Open Floor podcast features guest appearances from some of the biggest names in the NBA.
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Hosted by SI senior writer Lee Jenkins, SI’s Open Floor podcast features guest appearances from some of the biggest names in the NBA.

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English


Episodes

Celtics cruising, Sixers stumbling, Carmelo resurrected, Paul George shining

11/19/2019
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On today's episode, Ben Golliver welcomes his new co-host: Michael Pina, NBA writer for SB Nation. With Open Floor's bi-coastal balance restored, Ben and Michael dig into two teams at the top of the Eastern Conference: the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers. Are the Celtics as good as their record indicates? Does their hot start, coupled with Brooklyn's challenges, shine a new light on Kyrie Irving? How does Philly fix its offense? Are Al Horford and Joel Embiid a fit? Is the clock...

Duration:01:13:15

Knicks coaching crisis, Harden's place in the hierarchy, Shot quality vs. shot location

11/15/2019
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On today's podcast, Ben Golliver and Rob Mahoney discuss the dilapidated state of the Knicks. Is there any coach, or person, alive who could replace David Fizdale and find success? Why did the front office shift its expectations between July and November? Which of New York's young building blocks are keepers? From there, Ben and Rob debate James Harden's place in the NBA hierarchy and dissect Russell Westbrook's dismissal of Patrick Beverley. After discussing the relative importance of shot...

Duration:01:03:52

Siakam's soaring Raptors, Lillard's slumping Blazers, Rob Mahoney reflects on 7 years at SI

11/12/2019
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On today's show, Ben Golliver and Rob Mahoney open with extended comments on Pascal Siakam and the Toronto Raptors. Where does Siakam rank right now? Is he actually Giannis-like? Does Toronto's player development program get enough credit? From there, Ben and Rob shift gears to discuss Damian Lillard's MVP start, the Blazers' roster problems, Ja Morant's Rookie of the Year chances and the fan's perspective on load management. To close, Rob reflects on his favorite stories and games as he...

Duration:01:00:29

Giannis revenge mission, NBA statues, load management ethics

11/8/2019
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On today's show, Ben Golliver and Rob Mahoney go deep on the Milwaukee Bucks after their recent win over the Los Angeles Clippers. They engage in comical Giannis Antetokounmpo hyperbole on the following topis: his revenge mission, MVP defense, pre-game grunting, winning plays and leadership intangibles. From there, they tackle pressing questions from the Open Floor Globe on everything from NYC marathon attire to the utility of the phrase "two-way player." Ben and Rob also debate the many...

Duration:01:03:48

Luka Luka Luka, Bucks check-in, sputtering Rockets

11/5/2019
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On today's episode, Ben Golliver and Rob Mahoney discuss the mounting hype around Luka Doncic following his weekend duel with LeBron James and his multiple triple-doubles. Should Dallas be viewed as a legit playoff threat? What's Luka's long-term ceiling? Would you undo/redo the Trae Young trade from either side? From there, Ben and Rob discuss NBPA executive director Michele Roberts' comments on China before taking questions from the Open Floor Globe on the Rockets' dynamic duo, the Bucks'...

Duration:01:05:57

Steph Curry’s injury, Kawhi Stockton, Team Jo or Team KAT?

11/1/2019
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On today's episode, Ben Golliver and Rob Mahoney discuss the grisly repercussions of Stephen Curry's broken hand for the Golden State Warriors. Should Golden State tank? Does this increase the urgency to trade D'Angelo Russell or Draymond Green? From there, they take questions on Kawhi Leonard's newfound passing ability, the Minnesota Timberwolves' impressive start and the longstanding rivalry between Karl-Anthony Towns and Joel Embiid. Are you team KAT or Team JoJo? Is a rivalry with Embiid...

Duration:01:04:45

Warriors' comeuppance, Trae Young's arrival, Suns' progress

10/29/2019
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On today's show, Ben Golliver and Rob Mahoney consider the Golden State Warriors' slow start. Do their early struggles require a reputation revision for Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Steve Kerr? Is there any hope for their putrid defense? Should they consider trading D'Angelo Russell or Draymond Green? Should they tank? Then, Ben and Rob shift gears to answer questions from the Open Floor Globe on Trae Young's All-Star chances, the Phoenix Suns' sudden competence, Dwight Howard's...

Duration:01:02:13

The New King of LA, Charles Barkley’s take summit, Opening week instant reactions

10/25/2019
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On today's episode, Ben Golliver and Rob Mahoney discuss TNT commentator Charles Barkley's latest take summit. Ben lays out Barkley's thoughts on why Kawhi Leonard has surpassed LeBron James after the Clippers' opening win over the Lakers. They also dissect two other Barkley ideas: that Anthony Davis needs to be the Lakers' best player if they're going to win the title, and that Paul George will face significant pressure in the 2020 playoffs. From there, Ben and Rob take questions from the...

Duration:00:57:11

The NBA season is here! Finals predictions, Zion heartbreak & Jamal Murray's swag

10/22/2019
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On today's show, Ben Golliver and Rob Mahoney gear up for the start of the 2019-20 NBA season by making their predictions. Which teams will make the conference finals? Who will win the title? What's the dream West match-up? Are there any spoilers looming in the East? Which teams will disappoint, which will surprise, and which will be downright awful? Then, Ben and Rob shift gears to reflect on the implications of Zion Williamson's knee surgery. How bad is this for the NBA as a whole? Will he...

Duration:01:05:50

LeBron takes on Morey over China, NBA award predictions, Buddy's threat and Beal's deal

10/18/2019
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On Today's show, Ben Golliver and Rob Mahoney pick up their jaws after LeBron James's pointed criticism of Daryl Morey on the Hong Kong/China issue. Did LeBron have a point about Morey's bad timing? Should activism be convenient? What did this episode reveal about LeBron? Did the controversy prove that Kawhi Leonard made the right decision to join the Clippers rather than the Lakers? Then, Ben and Rob shift gears to make their picks for MVP, ROY, DPOY, COY, SMOY and MIP. The usual suspects...

Duration:01:03:12

Harden and Westbrook deep dive, California vs. the World, the West's future powers

10/15/2019
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On today's show, Ben Golliver and Rob Mahoney dive deep into Rob's Sports Illustrated NBA preview story on the Houston Rockets. How will James Harden and Russell Westbrook actually work together? Are the Rockets as unstable as they appear from the outside? Are they title contenders? Then, Ben and Rob take questions from the Open Floor Globe, assessing Tilman Fertitta's competence, fielding rosters for a "California vs. the rest of the world" showdown, and welcoming the coming galactic battle...

Duration:01:04:05

The NBA game goes on in China, Zion hype heats up, the next Jrue contract

10/11/2019
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On today's show, Ben Golliver and Rob Mahoney detail the latest developments from the NBA's China crisis. What should James Harden make of Daryl Morey? Did Adam Silver let down the media by allowing the Lakers and Nets to play without conducting press conferences? Do Steve Kerr and Gregg Popovich deserve heat for sidestepping the controversy? Then, Ben and Rob field questions from the Open Floor Globe on Zion Williamson's debut week, which players have the chance to surprisingly live up to...

Duration:01:06:25

Daryl Morey's China crisis, AD's stellar debut, 2020 NBA style of play

10/8/2019
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On today's show, Ben Golliver offers an Open Floor "State of the Union" address in light of Sports Illustrated's recent staffing changes. Ben is then joined by his new co-host, Rob Mahoney of Sports Illustrated, to discuss Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey's tweet about Hong Kong and the ensuing fallout in China. Should Morey have been fired? Could the NBA have handled its response differently? Are US politicians correct when they accuse the NBA of hypocrisy? From there, Ben and Rob discuss:...

Duration:01:02:38

Meeting the Lakers and Sixers, Kyrie at Media Day, Rookie of the Year Projections

10/1/2019
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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by sharing some thoughts on the Sixers and Lakers after media days in L.A. and Philly. Then (20:00): The Clippers debut in L.A. and Kawhi gets booed at a Rams game. From there (30:00): Kyrie Irving opens up about his grief in Brooklyn, plus some thoughts on his comments regarding KD in the Finals. At the end (40:00): the wrong Bradley Beal trade, the right Bradley Beal trade, Zion Williamson concern trolling, contenders for the rookie of...

Duration:01:03:39

The Fog of a Tampering War, Brown and Ingram Extensions, Chris Paul to the Bucks

9/27/2019
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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by celebrating the imminent return of the NBA before a wide-open season. Then (5:00): A look at the the NBA's recent passage of new tampering rules, whether enforcement is realistic, why the Bucks were fined, and how much this harms or helps the game. From there (25:00): Contract possibilities for Jaylen Brown and Brandon Ingram, and whether the Celtics and Pelicans should offer them max extensions before October 21st. Then (37:00): The...

Duration:01:16:16

Team USA Is Missing The Hawaiian Sunrise, James Harden PR Advice, NBA Wedding Etiquette

9/20/2019
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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver reconnect after Golliver's vacation. They begin with a guide to watching the sunrise in Hawaii and some belated thoughts on Team USA's downfall at the FIBA World Cup in China. How much blame do U.S. players deserve? How much of this lays at Popovich's feet? Then: what we learned about the NBA's next generation (20:00), Kemba Walker and Khris Middleton, Carmelo Anthony, and prospects for 2020. From there: thoughts on James Harden's MVP frustration...

Duration:01:20:56

The Lakers Make No Sense, Giannis and Jokic MVP Odds, Finding the NBA's Andrew Luck

9/13/2019
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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver examine the MVP odds for 2020. First: What do we make of the Lakers and the MVP possibilities for LeBron James and Anthony Davis? Then (20:00): Odds for the Clippers' Big Two, Lillard in Portland, Giannis Antetokounmpo and the biggest Bucks questions, and Nikola Jokic as a potential dark horse in Denver. At the end (50:00): Raptors fans have Siakam receipts, finding the NBA's answer to Andrew Luck, a Lakers fan and a license plate debate in...

Duration:01:19:34

Team USA's FIBA Adventures, The Future of Young American Stars, Bradley Beal to the Nets

9/6/2019
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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver reunite to get ready for a new year of basketball. They kick things off with an Instagram lecture, defending Taylor Swift, and a quick shoutout to Slovenia. Then (12:00): Surveying the field at the FIBA World Cup and talking through the current version of Team USA. Topics include: Kemba Walker's strengths and weaknesses, Jayson Tatum and Donovan Mitchell as preordained stars, the future on the wing, and Americans in the under-25 rankings. From...

Duration:01:01:18

Top 100 NBA Players Extravaganza: 2019 review & 2020 preview

8/30/2019
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On today's show, Ben Golliver welcomes Sports Illustrated writer Rob Mahoney for an expansive conversation about their Top 100 NBA Players lists. They start by taking a look back at last year. Who were the biggest hits (Curry, Kyrie) and the biggest misses (Kawhi, Jokic) in the top 25? Which breakout players (Pascal, Harrell) caused heartburn? Which snubs deserve apologies? Were they proven correct in the great debates over Devin Booker and Brandon Ingram? Then, they pivot to a preview of...

Duration:01:23:52

Los Angeles Lakers deep dive: Kobe's ping pong skills, LeBron clings to the throne, AD's burden

8/23/2019
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On today's show, Ben Golliver welcomes longtime Los Angeles Lakers media whiz Mike Trudell, the Spectrum Sports sideline reporter, Lakers.com writer and ESPN LA radio personality. A Lakers deep dive commences. Is LeBron James still in the mix for the No. 1 spot on next year's Top 100? Can Anthony Davis carry a top-10 defense? Does Dwight Howard make sense as a DeMarcus Cousins replacement? What's up with Frank Vogel? How real are their title chances? Along the way, Mike tells stories about...

Duration:01:07:25